A Youth Justice Improvement Board has been set up by the Scottish Government to drive forward the implementation of the Youth Justice Strategy ‘Preventing Offending: Getting it right for Children and Young People’, which was published in June. The Board is chaired by Robert Marshall, Head of Care and Justice Division, Scottish Government and includes senior representation from a wide range of organisations including Police Scotland, COSLA, SCRA, Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) as well as education, health and third sector. The Board will also involve young people in meaningful ways. At a national level, the Youth Justice Improvement Board will drive a culture of improvement in youth justice to make a sustained impact on priority areas.
A first meeting of the Board took place in October 2015. The Board will meet at least four times a year. Implementation groups have been set up focussing on the three priority areas of Advancing the Whole System Approach, Improving Life Chances and Developing Capacity and Improvement. The Advancing Whole System Group will be chaired by David Harvie, Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, the Improving Life Chances Group will be chaired by Gill Robinson, Scottish Prison Service and the Developing Capacity and Improvement Group will be chaired by Phil Denning, Education Scotland. The first meetings of the Implementation Groups are scheduled for January 2016.